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Bodies, Brains & Bogies: All you need to know about the gross, glorious human body!

Authored by Paul Ian Cross, PhD
Illustrated by Steve Brown
Published by Hachette Children's Group

Bodies, Brains and Bogies is a fascinating and disgustingly brilliant book bursting with information about the wonders of the human body.

The book is divided into twelve alliterative chapters, including – awesome anatomy, brilliant brain, sensational senses, baby boom and body beautiful, covering a wealth of topics including anatomy, the brain, guts, the senses, reproduction and body image.

One of the most appealing qualities of this book is its ‘grossness’. Children will love it because it is full of disgusting facts, much like the Horrible Histories series, yet at the same time it is extremely informative. There is a balanced ratio of text to image with diagrams that bring the facts to life. Careful attention has been given to the use of correct scientific vocabulary so children can learn the actual names for sensations such as brain freeze (Spenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia!).The inclusion of mini experiments ensure that children can extend their learning by continuing to discover things for themselves both in and outside of the classroom.

Joking aside, the last chapter of the book is a vital one as it celebrates the body, it’s positivity, how no body is perfect, how everyone is unique and the importance of wellbeing. It concludes with, ‘six steps to succeed in your skin’, further reminding the reader of how brilliant and unique they are. This is a book that I would highly recommend for school libraries. It is suitable from Year 5 onwards but there is a section on the reproduction system so it would be worth bearing this in mind when giving it to children to read.

Shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize 2023